25 Sep - 3 Oct 2021
Saturday 25th September
Just turn up Tours start at 10.00am, 11.30am, 2.00pm and 3.30pm
A Victorian house built in about 1885 in the Rodwell area of Weymouth currently being converted from 10 B&B rooms into 3 self-catered apartments and re-fitted with solar panels (x33) and air source heat pumps (x3). My husband Jon is managing the project which has been partly grant funded via Low Carbon Dorset and will include our domestic living space in phase 2. We have reused materials as much as possible, separated and recycled and tried to select from independent local suppliers with good environmental credentials when buying new. Furniture is being upcycled rather than replaced. We are looking forward to the day when we can turn off the gas!
Outside 5 rainwater butts usually provide enough water for the growing areas with a plan to install a large collecting tank at the end of the garden using the natural fall of the land. There are 11 ex-battery hens seeing out their retirement in the garden making us self-sufficient in eggs. We use the chicken manure to accelerate our compost in 5 dalek bins and have instigated a no-dig method on our allotment. Our small amount of cooked food waste goes into an anaerobic digester. A second-hand greenhouse is used for raising seedlings for the allotment and growing tomatoes and peppers. There is a lot to learn about organic growing and we have fed a lot of snails this year!
Much of what we are doing comes from a long-held aspiration to live in an extended family group and to share resources. There is now an urgent need to decarbonise and reduce consumption. Our family group covers 3 generations and includes the family next-door with whom we share meals and resources generally and means I only cook a main meal once a week😊.
There is parking in Longfield road and some limited space at Eastney – please be considerate of our neighbours. Cyclists welcome!
Access – this is an old building with stairs and steps. No lift.